Recognize, Respond, Report

Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781598579079
Item Number: 8586

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Bullying in schools is a national problem that affects a high percentage of students with special needs.

This ready-to-use guidebook gives K–12 educators, administrators, and school counselors the research-based interventions they need to stop bullying in its tracks—and prevent it before it starts.

Using a simple framework of 3 Rs (Recognize, Respond, and Report), you’ll master the core components of preventing and addressing bullying and disability-based harassment at the district level, classroom level, and individual level. Practical, proven strategies and tools blend with heartfelt, real-world advice from students who’ve experienced bullying themselves. An easy fit with your existing initiatives, whether you use PBIS or a commercial anti-bullying program, this essential resource will help you create a safe and secure learning environment for all students to reach their full potential.


  • distinguish bullying from normal childhood conflicts
  • develop effective anti-bullying interventions for victims, bystanders, and students who exhibit bullying behaviors
  • address the current legal ramifications of disability-based harassment
  • weave social-emotional learning into your existing curriculum
  • establish a positive and welcoming school climate where respect and acceptance are the norm
  • collect and analyze data on bullying for data-based decision making and results-driven accountability
  • involve parents addressing the issues surrounding bullying, at home and at school
  • understand how teachers and staff may unwittingly contribute to a culture of bullying—and how to stop it

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Helpful implementation checklists for each chapter, plus practical tools such as a planning matrix, student and staff surveys, needs assessments, school improvement plans, and bullying reporting forms.

About the Author
Foreword (Queried Author)
Foreword Author(Queried Author)

I. Recognize: Bullying and Disability-based Harassment in Schools

  1. Prevalence and Definition of Bullying and Disability Harassment

Definition of Bullying
Bullying Vs. Normal Childhood Conflict
Disability-Based Harassment
Implementation Checklist

  1. Types of Bullying

Bully-Victim Dynamic
Staff Mistreatment of Students with Disabilities
Implementation Checklist

  1. Impact of Bullying and Harassment

Impact on Academic Achievement
Impact of Parental Involvement
Impact on School Safety
Impact of Zero Tolerance Policies
Core Components for Preventing Bullying and Harassment
Implementation Checklist

  1. Respond to Bullying and Disability-Based Harassment in Schools
  1. Research Based Interventions to Prevent Bullying in Schools

Nine Core Components for Bullying Prevention
Multitiered Framework
District and School-Wide Interventions
Creating a Positive School Climate
Social Emotional Learning
School Safety Teams
Parental Involvement
Staff Training
Bullying Prevention
Staff Training Methods
Additional District and School Level Interventions
Implementation Checklist

  1. Classroom Level Interventions

Role of the Teacher
Positive Learning Environment
Social Emotional Learning in the Classroom
Teaching Bullying Prevention Skills
Class Meetings
Implementation Checklist

  1. Individual Level Interventions

The Bystander
Bystander Training
Bystander Protocol
Peer Mentoring
Student who Exhibits Bullying Behaviors (The Bully)
Graduated Consequences
The Victim
Educational (Individualized Education Program) Planning
Teaching Appropriate Skills
What NOT to Do
Implementation Checklist

III. Report Bullying and Disability-Based Harassment in Schools

  1. Results Driven Accountability

Assessment Data
School Surveys
Focus Groups
Implementation Checklist

  1. Bullying and Harassment Report and Investigation

The Report Form
Investigating Bullying
Determining Disability Based Harassment
Implementation Checklist

  1. Data Analysis and Future Planning

Organizing the Data
Annual Report to Stakeholders
Implementation Standards
Accountability Standards
Implementation Checklist

Appendix A
Planning Matrix
Appendix B
Additional Classroom Management Interventions
Appendix C
Sample Dear Abbey Letters
Appendix D
Sample Social Narrative
Appendix E
Sample Bullying and Harassment Report Form
Appendix F
Bullying and Harassment Auditing Checklist

“Offers a comprehensive evaluation of the state of bullying involvement among students with disabilities, and provides practical guidance … I would recommend this book to any school that is attempting to establish or expand their bully prevention efforts.” – Chad Rose, University of Missouri

“A valuable addition to the anti-bullying literature … will be immediately useful for all those who work with marginalized students and those targeted for mistreatment.” – Mara Sapon-Shevin, Syracuse University

“A logical and user-friendly approach for school-based practitioners to be more aware of and be able to prevent and intervene with bullying situations.” – Randy Sprick, Director, Safe & Civil Schools

“Look no further for solutions and strategies to prevent and address bullying of special needs students. Using a multi-tiered approach, this book outlines effective, practical ways to create bully-free environments for some of our most vulnerable students. A must-read for parents and professionals!” – Nicole Eredics, Inclusion Specialist, The Inclusive Class

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